By Leslie Walker

On July 13, 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 208, granting a two-year extension to certain tentative maps. To qualify, the maps must have been approved and not yet expired as of July 15, 2011 and must expire before January 1, 2014. The terms of the extension are similar to a similar bill passed in 2009 (Assembly Bill 333, see How Many Lawyers Does it Take to Extend a Tentative Map?). Assembly Bill 208 extensions are in addition to extensions provided for in the following Government Code sections:

  • Section 66452.6 (offsite improvement rule, development agreements);
  • Section 66452.11 (the 1993 two year extension);
  • Section 66452.13 (the 1995 one year extension);
  • Section 66452.21 (the 2008 qualified one year extension);
  • Section 66452.22 (the 2009) two year extension;
  • Section 66463.5 (general extension provisions for tentative parcel maps). 

Just like the last bill, when determining whether the map expires before January 1, 2014, one excludes extensions resulting from development moratoria or litigation stays found in Government Code sections 66452.6 (tentative subdivision maps) or 66463.5 (tentative parcel maps), but includes extensions resulting from the following discretionary extensions:

  • Tentative subdivision maps, Government Code section 66452.6(e), up to six years;
  • Tentative parcel maps, Government Code section 66463.5(c), up to six years;
  • Offsite improvement rule, Government Code section 66452.6(a).

Applicable legislative, administrative, and other state agency approvals are also extended. Assembly Bill 208 is an urgency bill taking effect immediately. Call us to find out if it applies to your map.

Leslie Z. Walker is an associate at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP.  For questions relating to this article or any other California land use, real estate, environmental and/or planning issues contact Abbott & Kindermann, LLP at (916) 456-9595.

The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice by Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Because of the changing nature of this area of the law and the importance of individual facts, readers are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues.